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pre·am·ble  (prmbl, pr-m-)
1. A preliminary statement, especially the introduction to a formal document that serves to explain its purpose.
2. An introductory occurrence or fact; a preliminary.

[Middle English, from Old French preambule, from Medieval Latin praeambulum, from neuter of praeambulus, walking in front : prae-, pre- + ambulre, to walk; see ambulate.]

pre·ambu·lary (-by-lr) adj.

preamble (priːˈæmbəl)
1. a preliminary or introductory statement, esp attached to a statute or constitution setting forth its purpose
2. a preliminary or introductory conference, event, fact, etc
[C14: from Old French préambule, from Late Latin praeambulum walking before, from Latin prae- before + ambulāre to walk]

pre•am•ble (ˈpriˌæm bəl, priˈæm-)

1. an introductory statement; preface.
2. the introductory part of a statute, deed, constitution, or other document, stating the intent of what follows.
3. a preliminary or introductory fact or circumstance.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin praeambulum, n. use of neuter of Late Latin praeambulus walking before. See pre-, amble]
pre′am`bled, adj.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.preamble - a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)preamble - a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)
introduction - the first section of a communication
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
Verb1.preamble - make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document
preface, premise, precede, introduce - furnish with a preface or introduction; "She always precedes her lectures with a joke"; "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"

noun introduction, prelude, preface, foreword, overture, opening move, proem, prolegomenon, exordium, opening statement or remarks the principles contained in the preamble to the Chinese constitution
preamble [priːˈæmbl] Npreámbulo m
preamble [ˈpriːæmbəl] npréambule m
the preamble to sth → le préambule à qch
nEinleitung f; (of book)Vorwort nt; (Jur) → Präambel f
preamble [priːˈæmbl] npreambolo

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"Consul," said he, without preamble, "I have strong reasons for believing that my man is a passenger on the Mongolia.
And the third suggestion I cannot state until I have made a preamble.
"My dear colleagues," said Barbicane, without further preamble, "the subject now before us is the construction of the engine, its length, its composition, and its weight.
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